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August 2nd, 2006, 06:27 PM
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Hi...My name is Maria and I have a 1 year old son. I want to start taking up photography and i plan to take some classes for it in the spring. i am going to post 2 pics that i took tonite of my son, any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

the camera i have is a canon EOS rebel, and i would also like to know about different kinds of lenses and other stuff anyone wants to share, cause like i said i am just getting started.
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August 2nd, 2006, 06:33 PM
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Hello Maria! Welcome to the Photography board!! You already know me so I don't have to give you all my stats! I just joined in myself. Beware...some of their photos just blow me away! I can't wait to see more photos of Victor Jr.
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August 2nd, 2006, 06:35 PM
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hello and welcome
Your son is gorgeous, in regards to his great pics maybe if he had catch lights (sparkle in the eye) it might bring him out a little compared to the background (i cant see any but it may be my eyesight)
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August 2nd, 2006, 06:42 PM
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Your son is gorgeous, in regards to his great pics maybe if he had catch lights (sparkle in the eye) it might bring him out a little compared to the background (i cant see any but it may be my eyesight)[/b]
Do you mean him looking at the camera? If so ITA, I have a very hard time getting him to look at the camera.
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August 2nd, 2006, 06:55 PM
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No, you don't have to look into the camera for catchlights. I think the problem is that your focus wasn't dead on, it looks as though his hands/shorts are more the focal point. Try to focus on the eyes, even if he is looking away. Do you have photoshop? With the rebel (I have one too) every picture needs to be sharpened, that helps so much! I also color correct if it needs it.

Oh I just noticed, your bottom pic in your siggy--your son's eyes have catchlights!

With that said, I think your son is adorable! You have a great subject to work with, keep practicing, and posting for critiques, that is totally how I am learning!
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August 2nd, 2006, 06:59 PM
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i would like to get this photoshop program you all are talking about what is it called? right now i have coral paint shop pro x....and now i get what you guys are saying about catchlights! thanks you're helping me already!
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August 2nd, 2006, 08:53 PM
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Hey girl, to the board...I'll give you an official welcome too in a minute.

Anyhow, I do think you have some pretty good shots there, I too agree about the catchlights...do you do any post processing on your pics at all? With a little editing those would be really good!
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August 2nd, 2006, 08:59 PM
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no dava i do not do any processing at all, i do not even know the first thing about all that lol, hopefully i will learn from you guys!
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August 2nd, 2006, 09:39 PM
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It's ok girl, I TOTALLY understand...I played with one of yours just a bit, hope you don't mind...I'm sure it could be even better, but I'm no pro at Photoshop.

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August 3rd, 2006, 12:22 AM
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Hi Maria, you know me too. I'm the strange one from England lol.

I use paintshop pro to although I'm stuck on version 8 at the moment, but if you need any help, give me a shout I always run my photo's through PSP because more times than not, they need a slight tweak on the colours/contrast and sharpness. I know in PSP 8 there is a one stop photo fix, try clicking that and it automatically runs through a few changes. You'll be surprised at the results.

I also have the Rebel, although here in the UK it's just called the Canon E0S 300D and a few lenses.
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August 3rd, 2006, 05:17 AM
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Is your rebel film or digital??? I"m not sure if that was clear or not. I have the film Rebel and a digial 20D. Canon is awsome.

What kind of lens' are you looking for??? The 50mm is an awesome cheap fixed lens. Its super fast and great in low light.

Welcome to the board, and you have an adorable subject.
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August 3rd, 2006, 11:59 AM
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my camera is digital, thanks dava that picture does look better....is there a lens that will zoom in more? right now on the outside of my lens it says "Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 Canon INC 58 mm" now i have no idea what that means lol
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August 3rd, 2006, 12:27 PM
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Hi Maria! Welcome to the forum. You've got a great sense of composition which is hard to teach so you are off to a good start. You've got a good camera as well.

My name is Amber. I shoot with a Canon 30D and usually my 50mm lense. I use Photoshop for my editing, and I run all my pictures through at least a sharpening, even if it's just a tiny bit. Dava did a great job with your picture. I'm sure you will learn a lot here. These ladies are GREAT!
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August 3rd, 2006, 08:15 PM
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Maria...yeah, there are a TON of lenses out there, what do you shoot the most? That would help determine what kind of lens would be best for you to invest in next.
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August 4th, 2006, 01:43 AM
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Maria - the 18-55mm lens is a general all round lens. the 50mm or 100mm is great for close up portraits (I have the 100mm) and I also have a 75-300mm zoom lens which is great for zooming in on something a good distance away.

There are soooo many lenses you can choose from, but it does depend really on what you want to photograph. Lenses can be VERY expensive. Thank god for ebay! lol
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August 4th, 2006, 01:29 PM
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Well i love to get close up shots of animals and my son's face lol

Thanks annie the explanation of the lens really helps
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